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Slightly Obsessed #076 "Prism" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-07-30 15:16:26

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Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world.” –John 8:12

I walked out of the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit with a heavy heart. Our son, Kevin, lay in a sterile room fighting pneumonia. He was just three weeks old; so tiny, so new on this earth. Already having to fight for life.



The doctor was hopeful, though. Kevin would recover, unless there was some undiscovered birth defect affecting his little body. My mother’s heart worried for his future, suffered with his efforts to breathe. I felt so very helpless.

Finally, I had to go. I didn’t want to leave him, but I had two other children to care for back at home.

Reluctantly, I got into my car and drove away. A spring storm darkened the skies, adding to my gloom. How I hated going home to that empty crib.

This trial was the first challenge to my faith since my recent conversion to Christ. I wanted to trust this new Savior, but I was consumed with fear. I was still trying to deal with lingering doubts about His existence.

As I turned onto the main highway heading out of town, the clouds parted behind me. The sun hit the squall ahead of me and a glorious rainbow arched across the sky. At that moment, I was bathed in a powerful sense of the presence of God. Simultaneously, I understood three things:

God is real.

Everything will be okay, whether Kevin lived or died. God assured me Kevin was safe with Him, whether in life or in death.

This is why the Holy Spirit is called The Comforter.

I cried all the way home. That day God radically invaded my comfort zone to reach me. In a moment, I finally understood that He is not a concept, a principle, or a force. He is a sovereign being, and He wants to reveal Himself to mankind. Kevin quickly responded to treatment and was soon discharged from the hospital. But my journey in learning about the God to whom I committed my life had only just begun.

Much later, I could appreciate being a prism.

In science, a prism is a transparent object that breaks white light into its spectrum of colors. Light is made up of all the wavelengths we perceive as colors, but our eyes can’t see them until the light is broken. The rainbow we see after a rain is the result of the refraction of sunlight by water.

God is light. He is the source of all life and all power. Because we are limited beings, we can’t understand who He is. This is why the Word was made flesh, Christ’s sacrifice breaking the holy light of God into the many facets of His divine nature.

We often rage at God for the heartache He allows in our lives. We resist the tears. We beg Him to remove the source of brokenness that could be the very place where God is revealed in all His beauty. Don’t despise the grief. He can use our heartaches to pull back the veil on the holy place to find a multicolored cloak of grace.

You are His prism. So praise Him in the storm. Can you hear the whisper in the rain?

God is real.

You will be okay.

This is why the Holy Spirit is called The Comforter.



About Pamela Thorson:



Pamela Thorson is a licensed practical nurse, author, and full-time caregiver. She pioneered in the homeschooling movement from 1982-2006 and authored her first book, Song in the Night, in 2008. She resides in the Northwest with her family.

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